According to The Register, Amazon’s next version of the Kindle is to be an iPad rival using the Android OS but without the Android Marketplace.
Could be interesting. Although I would like to point out that I don’t agree with the article when it says that the device is locked down. I’ve managed to find and use OpenSource software that allows me to buy/download E-Books onto my harddrive, plug my Kindle into my computer and then do a bit of the ol’ drag ‘n’ drop to avoid stupidly high charges from Amazon.
Oh, and in other news, apparently Tony Blair is the godfather of one of Murdoch’s children.
That speaks volumes, although I can’t say I’m particularly surprised.
Speaking of extreme sports, I came across a completely new one today and its own group of eccentrics: Extreme Ironing.
No, you’re not hallucinating. Or going crazy. There are actually people who go to the remotest of places so that they can iron in peace. There’s even a Wikipedia page on it, so it must be true.
Oh, and there’s this video on YouTube of a man ironing on the closed section of the M1:
Makes me look quite normal by comparison – I just whitter on about Cabbits, Horses and all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
Oh, and the next thing I’m most likely to whitter on about is why the term “commitment-phobe” is quite frankly pants. Absolute pants. It should be something like “emotionally claustrophobic”.. But that’s for another time, methinks.
So I came home from class today feeling rather overwhelmed after it dawned on me that the amount of work that I have left to do just isn’t funny. I’ve started re-writing the content of one of the first pages and decided to try and use HotPotatoes to create a little interactive exercise. I then discover that this creates a separate page – which isn’t what I wanted – and there are a few other little gripey things about it too, which mean that I can’t do what I want with the silly program. So, I moved on to looking at EXE, an equivalent, but has the same issue of creating an entirely seperate page.
Being unable to get my head around this I turned to another problem: the layout of my pages.
Now, I originally intended to use the one CSS sheet for all my pages – that way I make one change and it’s applied everywhere. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Except the way that I want things to appear on my page is in boxes (because of the way I wrote my navbar – bear in mind I’ve written this all from scratch in Notepad without any web editors at all) and because of the way in which you style and position those boxes, it suddenly occurred to me that every darn page is going to look exactly the same. I don’t know about you, but I get bored real quick when everything looks the same.
So whilst I was stroking something furry in an attempt to calm down and wondering how I was going to find a way round this lovely mess, I thought about what the technical guys at work do for the website there – they have a masterpage. This should mean that I can have the same navbar, header and styling etc, but I pick and choose the content in the middle and somehow telepathically tell the computer to suck on that and bung it all together.
I then realise that the site for work is written in ASPX. So I’m now sitting in front of my laptop trying to wrap my head around ASP.NET frameworks and Visual Basic to somehow translate (oh, how ironic) what I already have into what I want it to be.
On the bright side, I’ve found this tutorial which is really helpful for those who know sod all (just like yours truly) about it.
I think I’ll tackle the other problem later. :|
Oooh, random fact:
Did you know that if you look at the printed Hebrew script, each character can be derived from the Magen David (Star of David)? Now there’s something I bet you didn’t know.